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Beck is Expanding The Blaze TV to Cable

Glenn is working it. I don't know how many times I have read the liberal media gleefully talk about his demise, but all I see is solid growth.

Recently, he renamed GBTV to TheBlaze TV and he started up a radio network.

Now, with a paying Internet TV subscriber base of over 300,000, he is expanding it to cable (with a crack team he has hired, I might add). But he will still keep the Internet thing going. He hasn't announced yet what advantages there will be to his internet subscribers, but there definitely will be enticements.

Beck Takes His Conservative Internet Shows to the Dish Network

By BRIAN STELTER

New York Times

September 12, 2012

From the article:

One year after embracing an Internet-only distribution model, Mr. Beck is repositioning his streaming network, TheBlaze TV, as an offering for cable and satellite operators — in other words, TV the old-fashioned way.

On Wednesday, he will announce an agreement with the Dish Network, the first of what his company hopes will be many such deals.

. . .

Cutting deals with cable and satellite companies was in the back of Mr. Beck’s mind when he adapted the streaming-movie business model of Netflix for his online network, originally called GBTV. He acknowledged that he was asking a lot of his fans to seek him out online at the outset.

Looking back a year later, he said his priority was control: both the “freedom to try new things” from a business standpoint and the flexibility to “do whatever show I wanted when I wanted” and program other shows from a creative standpoint. Online, he has done that. “Over the past year and a half, we have eliminated every disadvantage to being on traditional television,” he said.

. . .

TheBlaze TV will seek full distribution in America’s roughly 100 million cable and satellite households, Mr. Balfe said in an interview. “We are in active discussions with other operators,” he added.

It is an audacious goal given distributors’ reluctance to add channels and given TheBlaze TV’s independent status. But Mr. Beck is a boldface name; he has clout...

. . .

Along with Mr. Beck’s show, TheBlaze TV also has a nightly panel conversation about the news, a reality show about survivalists, and a show called “Liberty Treehouse” for children — in total, 35 hours of original programming a week.

On Monday it added another Fox-esque talk show, “Wilkow!” hosted by the radio host Andrew Wilkow. The network was renamed this year to bring it in line with Mr. Beck’s other media ventures, including a Web site called The Blaze. “We have gone from a company of one voice to a company filled with hosts, writers, producers and editors,” Mr. Beck said.

I wonder when I will start reading news from progressive sites like The Huffington Post announcing that Glenn was run off the Internet and came back to regular TV with his tail between his legs...

Michael

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I subscribed to The Blaze TV Plus on line yesterday.

My house it about to be upgraded to fiberoptic Internet. I had intended to wait till then but they had part 1

of a documentary last night I wanted to see. I kept the video on low resolution and it ran fine. I didn't want

it to have problems during that show but I will try it at higher resolution after part 2 tonight of the documentary.

I was impressed that Beck was able to get so many experts and big names in the documentary. A world

class documentary as good [or better] as any of the WWI and WWII documentaries the BBC made that air

on the Military Channel.

I contacted DirecTV to tell them to add The Blaze. I will keep the Internet part regardless so I can watch it

while traveling - plus it gives you play on demand for things you have missed.

Sadly Fox News has been sliding in quality the last few years. If they loose Brit Hume or Jim Angle to retirement

they will be down to Bret Baier, Charles Krauthammer, Steve Hayes and "The Journal Editorial Report" as

the only people/shows worth watching - less useful content than The Blaze.

Fox News has worked so hard to be "Fair and Balanced" that there are long stretches of time where socialist

supporters seem to run things - I find myself turning off Fox News more and more when the liberals are

running things.

Dennis

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I wonder when I will start reading news from progressive sites like The Huffington Post announcing that Glenn was run off the Internet and came back to regular TV with his tail between his legs.

They already imply that. This is from the fiends at HuffPo, "Glenn Beck Returning To TV With Dish Network Deal." I emphasize the snarky undertone:

The New York Times was the first to report the deal. The channel will launch at 5 PM on Wednesday, when Beck's eponymous program airs. In a blog post, Chris Balfe, CEO of The Blaze, signaled that the Dish deal will be followed by others, on cable and on satellite. He wrote that a year of Web TV has allowed the company to take the steps needed to return to the terrestrial platform:

But now, a year later, everything has changed. Our subscribers' enthusiasm and support has allowed us to make the necessary investments in programming and infrastructure, and we're now in a position to launch a cable and satellite channel without losing control. We have the best staff, the best talent, world-class facilities and great distribution partners lined up, and we've done it all while ensuring that we answer to no one except our own audience.

The big question, of course, is whether Beck can replicate the heights of influence he reached with Fox News. He told the Times that, across his various platforms, he is being seen and heard by more people than ever before. More than 300,000 people had subscribed to his Web network as of March, and Beck's radio show is still one of the biggest in the nation. But he has not been able to penetrate popular discourse in the same way he did when he had millions of Fox News viewers -- as well as eagle-eyed "Daily Show" staffers -- watching his every move.

In a press release, Beck said, "TheBlaze has helped revolutionize television over the Internet and now we are excited to bring the revolution back to traditional television."

I don't know. Sometimes the Progressive railroaders get a few facts right. Glenn is making money and having fun and feeling good about himself -- if he can build a larger national audience on DishTV, cable and satellite, good on him.

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Hey Wullie, you are up early today!

I too say good on Beck. As I have noted before on here, the Blaze far surpasses his previous internet platform and radio output (and Fox shows, in my opinion) in journalistic standards, popular appeal and readability. I wish I could say that a lot of his fans who comment there had improved apace.

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I should mention his fabulous new studio:


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Carol,

I'm pretty sure there are plenty of people who have agendas, both commercial and political, are childish attention hogs and are outright plants in the commenters on The Blaze.

When I went to the Restoring Honor rally in Washington, for some reason I couldn't find anyone amomg the approximately half-million attendees who resembled those snarky souls. It was a group of some of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. It sure gave me a boost in morale at the time and a different, more hopeful, take on America. I was beginning to feel real homesick for Brazil at the time because of the constant assholishess in American life.

Since I saw this with my own eyes, I simply discount the commenters as a necessary evil built into the social media approach to news--with a sporadic ray of sunlight that shines through the murk. (After all, I have commented a few times. :) ) The commenters do not present a valid profile of Beck's main audience. Notice that The Blaze makes it pretty difficult to consult and research the comments. I think they do this because they feel the same way, but can't say it openly without committing commercial suicide.

Michael

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Carol,

I'm pretty sure there are plenty of people who have agendas, both commercial and political, are childish attention hogs and are outright plants in the commenters on The Blaze.

When I went to the Restoring Honor rally in Washington, for some reason I couldn't find anyone amomg the approximately half-million attendees who resembled those snarky souls. It was a group of some of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. It sure gave me a boost in morale at the time and a different, more hopeful, take on America. I was beginning to feel real homesick for Brazil at the time because of the constant assholishess in American life.

Since I saw this with my own eyes, I simply discount the commenters as a necessary evil built into the social media approach to news--with a sporadic ray of sunlight that shines through the murk. (After all, I have commented a few times. :) ) The commenters do not present a valid profile of Beck's main audience. Notice that The Blaze makes it pretty difficult to consult and research the comments. I think they do this because they feel the same way, but can't say it openly without committing commercial suicide.

Michael

Michael,

You are entirely right here. it is so important to go outside and talk to people and listen to them. You did that and not enough people do that.America the Beautiful did not become beautiful through reactionary hate and suspicion and fear, but through reason and hope. It will survive because of reason and hope, and do I dare say, a little tolerance...liking...maybe even, sometimes, love?

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<p>I should mention his <i>fabulous</i> new studio:</p>

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It looks like the Oval Office!

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I subscribed to The Blaze TV Plus on line yesterday.

Dennis,

Glenn is doing things no one else is in journalism.

And he always says, "Don't believe me. Do your own homework. Look it up and see for yourself. Come to your own conclusions."

Anytime a person tells you that, whether Objectivist, progressive, libertarian, religious, atheist, or even Canadian (God help us :smile: ), this is a person you can trust on at least one level. This person believes in what he is saying and is trying to present that position in as honest a manner as he knows how. He's not trying to sneak in a hidden meaning with a sugarcoat and diversionary tactics.

However, there is one warning I have for you about Glenn. He might get on your nerves a bit. Sometimes he goes a bit deep on the religion thing. Like preaching. But he doesn't stay there. So I don't resent him doing that. It's his station. He's entitled to present what he wants.

I just treat it like commercials for Viagra or car insurance on other channels. Which means I usually tune out for a while and do something else or change the channel. But I always come back.

btw - The most exciting thing he will be doing, in my opinion, is the American Dreams Lab. His idea is to get the most creative and brilliant out-of-the-box thinkers in America (and from abroad), put them together with some resources and see what happens. Even Ray Kurzweil has called him up and told him to keep up the good work. And I can't think of two people more different than Glenn Beck and Ray Kurzweil.

I haven't looked into this too much, yet. I've just caught Glenn's notices in passing. But I bet there will be some kind of tie-in with Singularity University.

Michael

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I subscribed to The Blaze TV Plus on line yesterday.

Dennis,

Glenn is doing things no one else is in journalism.

And he always says, "Don't believe me. Do your own homework. Look it up and see for yourself. Come to your own conclusions."

Anytime a person tells you that, whether Objectivist, progressive, libertarian, religious, atheist, or even Canadian (God help us :smile: ), this is a person you can trust on at least one level. This person believes in what he is saying and is trying to present that position in as honest a manner as he knows how. He's not trying to sneak in a hidden meaning with a sugarcoat and diversionary tactics.

However, there is one warning I have for you about Glenn. He might get on your nerves a bit. Sometimes he goes a bit deep on the religion thing. Like preaching. But he doesn't stay there. So I don't resent him doing that. It's his station. He's entitled to present what he wants.

I just treat it like commercials for Viagra or car insurance on other channels. Which means I usually tune out for a while and do something else or change the channel. But I always come back.

btw - The most exciting thing he will be doing, in my opinion, is the American Dreams Lab. His idea is to get the most creative and brilliant out-of-the-box thinkers in America (and from abroad), put them together with some resources and see what happens. Even Ray Kurzweil has called him up and told him to keep up the good work. And I can't think of two people more different than Glenn Beck and Ray Kurzweil.

I haven't looked into this too much, yet. I've just caught Glenn's notices in passing. But I bet there will be some kind of tie-in with Singularity University.

Michael

I've been listening to and watching Glenn Beck for some time so I doubt he will get on my nerves. I am also curious abou the American Dreams Lab.

HIs documentaries have been very good - 45 minutes till part II of a good one tonight.

Dennis

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I've been listening to and watching Glenn Beck for some time so I doubt he will get on my nerves.

Dennis,

I probably should not have assumed that. It's just I'm a bit gun-shy.

When I set up this corner, I had to deal with a lot of crap. Several posters even left. Many of the critics mischaracterized Glenn's views and acted as if he actually were the caraciture the left-wing media presented of him.

One, if I remember correctly, said he was merely piddling around with the Founding Fathers because he would not dare touch Thomal Paine. This was said when Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine was still on the bestseller list. :smile:

So in the back of my mind, resistance to Glenn, irrespective of his message, is a default. That seems to be changing now, so I should also change.

Michael

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Folks:

As you know I have been a Beck slut since I joined this forum. I first started listening to him when I was in Virginia. Good grief...coming up on five (5) years!!!!

Was astounded by how hilarious his whole crew was. I also remember telling OLers how excellent his research staff was.

As Michael pointed out we were hammered for being open and supportive of Beck.

Cream has risen to the top once again.

Adam

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Folks:

As you know I have been a Beck slut since I joined this forum. I first started listening to him when I was in Virginia. Good grief...coming up on five (5) years!!!!

Was astounded by how hilarious his whole crew was. I also remember telling OLers how excellent his research staff was.

As Michael pointed out we were hammered for being open and supportive of Beck.

Cream has risen to the top once again.

Adam

Yes, his research staff may always have been excellent and the cream is rising to the top of the bucket. But you will admit that some of the things he has said about what researchers dug up, embroidering and distorting , were beyond the pail.

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When I set up this corner, I had to deal with a lot of crap. Several posters even left.

Many of the critics mischaracterized Glenn's views and acted as if he actually were

the caraciture the left-wing media presented of him.

It is sad that 3-4 of the best O'ist posters I've known on various forums over

the years have painted themselves into information corners - unable to

gather information which should change their world-views except for the

barriers they have erected.

Before Beck was on the Internet a few posters refused to watch him on FOX

News. So no matter the documentation there was no discussing what Beck

documented "in their own words on video" - because they refused the

information. I gave up on some who got further and further removed from

the reality of information readily available that they refused to see.

A couple other valuable posters were fooled by leftist propoganda back in

the 70's-80's and became incapable of re-examining their assumptions in

light of available information they refuse to process.

I am however most disturbed by the socialist disinformation experts

traveling in libertarian circles - those who actively know what they are

doing and those who parrot the propagandists without understanding

the consequences.

When it hits the fan information will be hard to come by and those

who haven't found it yet will likely remain in the corners they painted.

That is when the statists win. Stagnation in all things including

information.

Dennis

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As a side note, there is a lot said in the early church about the "elders of israel", ie mormon church leaders/members, saving the US Constitution from destruction. Could Glenn Beck and Mitt Romney be those men? Church President John Taylor said, “When the people shall have torn to shreds the Constitution of the United States the Elders of Israel will be found holding it up to the nations of the earth and proclaiming liberty and equal rights to all men”.

http://www.latterdayconservative.com/quotes-about/elders-of-israel/

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On 9/27/2012 at 8:23 AM, william.scherk said:
On 9/12/2012 at 3:01 PM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

I wonder when I will start reading news from progressive sites like The Huffington Post announcing that Glenn was run off the Internet and came back to regular TV with his tail between his legs...

I don't know. Sometimes the Progressive railroaders get a few facts right. Glenn is making money and having fun and feeling good about himself -- if he can build a larger national audience on DishTV, cable and satellite, good on him.

The Blaze conglomerate is said to be merging with the  CRTV franchise. I know CRTV has a subscription service on its own platform. I don't know if it is 'dished' or available on select cable outlets. It looks like CRTV's branding will be subsumed under a greater Blaze entity.  Good on Glenn.

Here's headlines from Memeorandum's partner Mediagazer:

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i8.jpgshare.png Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:

Glenn Beck's TheBlaze and Mark Levin's CRTV are to merge, creating a conservative-media entity called Blaze Media which they say will reach 165M people  —  The homes of Glenn Beck and Mark Levin are combining to create Blaze Media, which insiders say will reach 165 million people via television, digital platforms and social media.
Discussion:

 

 

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2 hours ago, william.scherk said:

The Blaze conglomerate is said to be merging with the  CRTV franchise. I know CRTV has a subscription service on its own platform. I don't know if it is 'dished' or available on select cable outlets. It looks like CRTV's branding will be subsumed under a greater Blaze entity.  Good on Glenn.

William,

Let's hope Beck doesn't screw it up this time.

He played the only card he had to get this deal: during the heyday of The Blaze, he ran a campaign to get his audience (which was huge at the time) to insist The Blaze TV get put on cable channels. He told his audience where to call, who to talk to, what to say and how to do everything. And he pounded this message out over and over.

CRTV doesn't have that access and it's hellishly hard to get because of the Cable TV business model (essentially packaging crap with good stuff and insisting on the crap). Beck's campaign cut through that and now he has channel spots he has trouble filling with content, even though his own business started tanking. By making this merger, he finally gets quality programming to use on his channel spots.

And CRTV gets instant access to channel spots. From there, it will be easy to branch out into other Cable TV packagers.

So it seems like a marriage made in heaven. Except for the fact that Beck thinks he's an Old Testament prophet. If he can keep a lid on that, the entire project should prosper.

I wish them well.

Michael

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Well, this is surprising ...

I can't find a trace of Gavin McInnes's CRTV programme "Get Off My Lawn."  The last bit of him on site seems to be old Crowder items ... screen recording shows no other trace of his programming. I wonder if Gavin is also hobbled by "company policy"? I knew I should have saved the video of him shoving a butt-plug up his you know what.

Some Twitter commentary speculates that The Disappearing of Gavin has something to do with an interview he did with young Laura Loomer. That doesn't make a lot of sense at first glance.

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1 hour ago, william.scherk said:

I can't find a trace of Gavin McInnes's CRTV programme "Get Off My Lawn."

William,

(sigh...)

It looks like Beck started before they even got going right.

Based on the past, the future doesn't look very bright.

Michael

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And .... Gavin McInnes is gone from Youtube.

The Wrap has a quote from McInnes:

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According to a banner on his page, McInnes’ channel was “terminated” after the Google-owned video giant “received multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement.” Google did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for details on the content McInnes was inappropriately using. The move wipes out more than 200,000 subscribers for McInnes and removed the last major platform for reaching his audience, after Twitter, Facebook and Instagram removed him in recent months.

“I have a swarm of Social Justice Warrior bees surrounding me and attacking all my platforms. After Blaze TV, I figured I’d go to YouTube but they got that too. I’ve been 100% deplatformed and can no longer defend myself when people make up lies or take jokes out of context,” McInnis said in a statement obtained by TheWrap.

YouTube did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on McInnes’ ban or the content that was inappropriately used on his channel.

 

Edited by william.scherk
Got quote

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The plot thickens.

There's YouTube, but wait...

Beck just claimed he had nothing to do with McInnes leaving and, what's more, Beck is airing an interview with McInnes he had recently taped.

I don't have a way to evaluate this except to rely on my knowledge of Beck. He does not lie about things like this, at least I've never seen him. When he doesn't like someone, he's pretty clear about it. So I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

And that makes me curious. It would be awesome to know what's really going on.

Michael

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Beck's explanation via Soundcloud:

 

Edited by william.scherk
Removed 'interview' in favour of 'explanation'

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